Drug trafficking: Suspect’s family seeks re-investigation of case

Claims CCTV footage of arrest and mobile data of officials contradicts facts mentioned in FIR

Our Correspondent June 17, 2017
Claims CCTV footage of arrest and mobile data of officials contradicts facts mentioned in FIR. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The family of a man, who had been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs abroad, has sought a re-investigation of the case while claiming there were multiple flaws in the probe.

Shahid Khan had been arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) after two kilogrammes of heroin was allegedly recovered from his trolley bag at the Karachi Airport on April 21, 2016.

Subsequently, he was booked under anti-narcotics law. He was arrested and sent to jail on judicial remand.

However, the suspect’s mother Zakaria Bano, a resident of Islamabad, has now approached senior ANF officials seeking a re-investigation into the case.

The family claims that the ANF personnel, who were named in the FIR as the officials who had recovered heroin from Khan and subsequently arrested him, were not even present at the airport. They point to their location data obtained from their mobile phone records as evidence of this.

Further, they claim that closed circuit camera footage of Khan’s arrest contradicts the FIR which was registered against him.

The urged the ANF investigators to consider this evidence and in this light, order a re-investigation in the case.

An ANF spokesperson, who was asked to comment on the case, said that he would check the details of the case and revert. But he did not answer the question despite various attempts made over a week.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2017.


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